Teaching Kids to Be Strong – Part 1

A friend messaged me the other night and said she had a needed blog topic for me – that we need to teach our kids to be strong because they will need it in today’s culture.

I thought about that. Of course, I agreed with her, but I wanted to present it in a way kids could understand.

And then I thought about the armor of God. That’s something kids can comprehend – but how much do they really know about the equipment with which the Lord has provided us?

Recall with your kids some time they went somewhere without the necessary supplies – a camping trip without a tent, a piano recital without the music, an oral report at school without the actual created project.

Compare that with going somewhere without the armor of God. Then talk about going somewhere fully equipped, (Explain to kids that we cannot see the armor. but it is there.)

Right now our world is a chaotic mess and kids are frightened (as are many adults). Children’s ministry workers talk about the questions kids are asking as they begin meeting face-to-face … about both Covid-19 and the protests,

But life has never been easy.

Think about Paul when he wrote about the armor – He used armor because he was familiar with it. As a young Pharisee in the city of Jerusalem, he would have seen the soldiers from the Roman garrison which was located near the temple. Later, the Roman soldiers arrested him and he experienced it all himself. He probably wrote Ephesians while being under 24-hour guard by the Roman army. He may have spent some of his time chained between two of the soldiers. (Talk about a staying in place mandate.) The Roman armor was considered to be the best and the soldiers were also the best.

What did Paul do in the middle of his Roman captivity? He wrote a letter to his friends in the church in Ephesus telling them to be strong.

Wouldn’t it be great to get a letter from the Apostle Paul? One encouraging us to be strong? Well, actually we have that letter in Ephesians 6.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

Interesting that Paul doesn’t tell us to stay up all night worrying, or spend our day complaining or stressing out or even running away. No, Paul tells us simply TO STAND with the armor in place.

Kids need to know that God supplies us with the armor. He doesn’t leave us alone to struggle or panic. They can trust His equipment.

(Here’s a fun word to teach the kids – panoply. That’s another word for armor. Not that important to learn, but fun to say.)

I’m thinking about doing a couple more posts about the armor because it’s so important for kids to know that God provides us with the strength we need. Keep watch.

 

 

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